Faculty and staff mobility adds a valuable dimension to BCIT’s high quality applied academic programs. The School of Business + Media has partnerships with a number of international universities, providing BCIT faculty with opportunities to guest lecture, teach for a semester, or engage in PD activities focused on international education. At the same time, the School of Business + Media internationalizes the academic curriculum by inviting international instructors to deliver guest lectures or teach for a semester at BCIT. International faculty diversify our teaching team, bring different teaching methods to our classrooms, and help us to prepare business professionals for a local and global job market.
Faculty and Staff Exchange
The placement and duration of School of Business + Media faculty and staff must be determined in agreement with the host university from the list of international partners. Adequate notice must be given prior to the start of the visit, which must coincide with the period in which teaching or staff activities are due to take place. If you are interested in participating in a faculty or staff exchange with one of our international partners contact Mark Nakamura, International Programs Coordinator.
Global Connect Program
Increase your cross-cultural understanding across different continents through the global connect program at BCIT. Faculty and staff will be paired monthly with international counterparts at our partner institutions spread across 15 countries, for activities that foster international collaboration and connection. The program runs between September and May.
Participating in this program will give you numerous opportunities for collaboration and networking. You will also be able to develop best practices and innovative solutions for the different challenges in your field.
All current BCIT faculty and staff are able to register! Registration deadline is September 30, 2021.
Faculty Field School
Participate in June 2022 in a field school program in Europe that Global Relations specifically designed for faculty members! By attending the field school, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of global business trends, to discuss best practices in internationalizing the business curriculum, and to be fully immersed in a new culture.
Theme: Internationalizing the curriculum (with workshops around Global Perspectives, A Global Curriculum and A Global Network)
Destination: Switzerland (with potentially part of the field school in Germany)
Dates: June 19 to June 29 (to be confirmed)
Program: During the field school, you’ll follow workshops with partner faculty about the internationalization of the business curriculum (Global Perspectives, A Global Curriculum and A Global Network). You’ll also attend guest lectures by industry experts, visit government institutions and multinational companies in a wide range of sectors, and discover the local culture through guided city visits and cultural activities.
Price: Maximum CAD 8,000, exact price will be shared once the program is finalized. The program cost includes accommodation, breakfast, guest lectures, transportation during the field school, and all company visits and cultural excursions. It does not include your flight to and from the field school destination.
Registration deadline: February 18, 2022. Please complete this online form to receive updates on the confirmed dates and schedule, and to be notified when registration opens.
International faculty and staff weeks
- International Staff Week – Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (Ghent, Belgium) – November 24-27, 2021
- International Days focused on design thinking, content creation and journalism techniques – Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (Ghent, Belgium) – February 14-18, 2022.
International PD opportunities for faculty and staff
- BC Council for International Education
- NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo
- The European Association for International Education Annual Conference (EAIE)
- The Asia Pacific Association for International Education Conference (APAIE)
- Conference of the Americas on International Education
- World Association for Cooperative Education Annual Conference (WACE)
- Australian International Education Conference
- Teach at HTW Berlin in Germany
Mobility funding resources
- BCIT International Mobility Fund (IMF)
- Faculty Leadership Program
- German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD)
- Fullbright Awards for Canadian Scholars
- Open Society Fellowship
- International Scholarship Opportunities for Canadians
- The Netherlands – Erasmus+ KA107 Grant: 920 Euro per faculty for their travels costs to The Netherlands and 980 Euro for their accommodation and living costs for 5 working days+2 travel days.
Faculty & staff testimonials
“For those who may not know, I am currently on a three month exchange in Bremen, Germany. I am teaching in the Master’s program for business and economics at Hochschule Bremen, also known as the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. There are several Hochschules in Germany and Austria, primarily located in the larger cities of Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg. These schools most likely compare to BCIT. They are a nice combination of academic studies combined with a focus on the economy. While BCIT probably has closer linkages between programs and the job market, the faculty research at the Hochschule is very industry focused with a strong influence on public policy. In Bremen, their specialty is in transportation and alternative energy, particularly air transportation. Bremen is also one of the major ports for Germany on the North Sea, so water and land transportation systems also receive a great deal of attention. From a BCIT perspective, my experience demonstrates the importance of developing faculty exchange further, especially with institutes that share common missions and mandates, such as the Hochschules in northern Europe. I have come to embrace the experience and am very glad I am here.”
Kevin Wainwright, Program Head,
Faculty Exchange in Bremen, Germany
“The School of Business has been very supportive of my professional development as faculty involved in international education. I’ve had the opportunity to meet faculty from Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands and now India over the past few years. Those opportunities have directly led to the development of new programs and new opportunities for students and other faculty. The expansion of the abilities of faculty to teach about international business, and not just local business practices, means our students are better prepared for their careers, and opens the world for everyone.”
Ron Kessler, Program Head for Business Management Studies